In cooperation with bioeconomy stakeholders in northern Sweden, BioFuel Region has organized the annual Swedish Bioeconomy Parliament in February 2023. The theme for the event was changes within the EU, nationally, and in northern Sweden and their effects on the bioeconomy. During two days, the forest bioeconomy contribution to regional development was discussed with good examples from northern Sweden, as a model and for inspiration.
140 stakeholders representing national and regional authorities, politicians, enterprises, researchers, start-ups and students participated. These stakeholders also formed the framework of the program. SCALE-UP project partner, BioFuel Region, coordinated the conference and had a lot of opportunities to explain what is being done within the Scale-up project. During the planning of the parliament, relations with existing networks were strengthened and connections with many new stakeholders were established.
This parliament has created goodwill among stakeholders and will be our most important arena to facilitate the establishment of a regional bioeconomy platform, says Magnus Matisons, BioFuel Region.